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, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border against troops down in the southern region. it's those southern and eastern regions of afghanistan that have experienced some of the highest levels of attacks. and this all comes at a very interesting time.
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by the government would not get paychecks, and people serving in iraq in afghanistan would not get paychecks, and federal highway administration, there are many that wouldn't. this is sort of a simplification i want to point out. it's unlikely treasury would decide to fully fund five programs and not give anything to anybody else. they would minimally fund some programs. but it illustrates two things. one the level of deficit spending the government is currently at, and two, why officials at the treasury and throughout the government are so adamant the debt ceiling be raised so all the government programs could be fully funded. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> here is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, and that big story, the debt talks. today's question, what is a solution to the political stalemate. carol costello has more on that. >> the never ending debt ceiling debate. you know the players, obama, boehner, the gang of six, and the tea party, and you don't like them much, not because most republicans want to save taxes, or democrats don't want to get ri
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into a kill zone under heavy fire to find three missing marines and navy corpsman in afghanistan in 2009. sadly, they did not make it out alive, but mier is being honored for going beyond the call of duty. he's the third civilian to receive that honor from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> steve: what a story. >> alisyn: nail biting moment at the championship motor cross match in minnesota. look at this. >> whoa! we got trouble! zachary is down ask down hard! >> alisyn: that was motor cross rider chad reid. he was in the lead before wiping out with 450 riders coming straight at him full speed. even more incredible, reed remounted his bike, as you can see, moments later, finishing a respectable 14th in this race. wow. those are your headlines. >> brian: got to tell you what happened in the house yesterday. we heard the vote was taking place and it did. in the end it passed. cut, cap and balance and a time tally of 234-190. five democrats said that sounds good to me, but yet nine republicans defected and voted with democrats. in the end, it passed. but the republicans can say, look, you
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have stuff going on in afghanistan. the president promised to bring home troops. not going all the way through with his promise. i would love to see these issues tackled as opposed toed to this. i think there's weightier stuff. >> pete? >> well, the truth is a lot of people think that this is an issue that the left or democrats or liberals care more about. but president obama hasn't made much movement on this. gary johnson and ron paul are totally four decriminalizing and to some extent legalizing marijuana. the fact is if two drugs give you pain relief and one will kill you possibly and be addictive and the other won't, which one do you want to take? >> your buzzer beater now. if the gang of six plan actually helps cobble together a debt deal, what impasse task should they tackle next? dana. >> well, cobbling together is the right word. i like the cap and balance plan. i think if we're serious about getting the debt under control, we need to pass it in the senate a and present it to the president for his signature. this plan is a sham, does nothing to reduce taxes. >> she went past te